Thursday, September 20, 2007
My Parallel That Represents My Views On The Jena 6 Protests
Just imagine if I touted the fact that I was a mentor to 2 Black males in their early teens. I spend time with them to exchange the knowledge that I have about this world and how to be successful upon them. I fill the void that the absentee father left in their lives. For this they are eternally appreciative. I am able to give examples of how I have positively impacted their lives for the better.
I can detail my sacrifices as I make sure that I "reach back" and pull others up. I spend every weekend, departing my house and driving to the other side of town to play my adopted part in these two boy's lives.
For my efforts I receive notoriety and acclaim. "If more brothers were responsible like this man - many of our problems would be solved as a people" the person presenting me with my award is heard saying.
Truly my efforts are quite grand.
A newspaper reporter who sees my good works decides to do a story on me. She finds out that I actually have 1 son and two daughters at home. Upon interviewing them for a character reference about my greatness she discovers that my flesh and blood are hesitant to provide me with glowing reviews. This sparks the reporters curiosity. She asks MY children how they are doing in school. They reply that they are average students. My son is struggling in math, having gotten a "D" last semester. My two daughters don't seem to be in tune with school or any extra-curricular activities. They tell the reporter that their mother is very busy running the house and thus she is not able to support their desire to participate in after school tennis, Girl Scouts and the "Step Team". They mention that their father, me, is never around because of my external duties and thus everything falls upon their mother.
With the reporter's interest in my household situation piqued - she pulls the police public records on any calls made to my house. She finds out that I had 2 domestic disturbance calls made to my house but there was no arrest made. Turns out that I had shaken my wife and had a physical run in with my son over the past 3 years that required a police response.
As this reporter evaluates my PUBLIC PERSONA based on my work OUTSIDE OF MY "community" (my house) versus the work that I have done AT HOME, INSIDE of my community - should she continue to have a GLOWING story to tell about me and my character? My COMMITMENT to the full and balanced development of children?
My call IS NOT that the boys in Jena are not worthy of justice and attention.
My call is NOT to have a ban on the protest marches that have gone on today in Jena
My call is NOT that as free Americans, able to travel where ever they damned well please that the are NOT allowed to rally in Jena.
My question is HOW DOES A PERSON DEPART ATLANTA, CHICAGO, BALTIMORE AND DC for an 8 hour + bus ride OUT OF THEIR CITY....when there is so much left unchecked BACK AT THEIR HOME BASE that they are largely silent upon?
My point IS NOT about the Black on Black murders.
I am focusing on the HIGH RATE OF UNSOLVED BLACK ON BLACK MURDERS that have no outrage surrounding them. How DARE YOU call "INJUSTICE" 8 hours away but say nothing about the NON-JUSTICE that is going on WITHIN YOUR OWN HOME BASE?
How many Black mothers cry themselves to sleep every night knowing that THE KILLER OF THE CHILD WHO SHE HAS BIRTHED is still walking free - able to do it again to some other mother's son or daughter IF HE SO CHOOSES?
Let us be REAL HONEST folks.
"Racism Chasing" is an important force for UNITY among some Black folks. In the interviews running up to this event people were going to "BE THERE" for an event that was going to go into the history books. "The Scottsboro Boys" - 2007 if you allow some to tell it. With "racism chasing" as such an element part of their movement's persona how could they pass up on the opportunity?
Also with the presidential election a short 14 months away - what better way to build a coalition to get the Democrats into the White House and maintain their control of the House and Senate?
As I wrote before on the "Cherry Picking" that the Black Civil Rights Movement 2007 edition does - this is yet another example. Their goal is to SET THE AGENDA for Black people to focus upon. If you think that this is based on IMPORTANT issues rather than "unifying" issues - you sir are sadly mistaken.
My cure for this is to apply the filter of PROPORTIONALITY.
The next time a so called Civil Rights Leader impresses upon you that a certain issue is a fundamental threat to all Black people and must be fought against - step back and apply this to the tote board of MAJOR problems WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY to see where it stands. I believe that this method would enable our community to more effectively rationalize our responses and come up with more EFFECTIVE OUTCOMES.
The grand prize for the OPERATIVE working unchallenged WITHIN our community is a community who is fully RESPONSIVE to them rather than one which attempts to DICTATE THE PRIORITIES TO THEM.
ONCE AGAIN, ONCE AGAIN, ONCE AGAIN - I am NOT opposed to the Jena 6 Protests. I only question the need for people to travel long distances for a rally when so many other issues closer to home are left unattended. YES - send people from New Orleans, Baton Rouge even Houston. As for those traveling over 4 hours - SEND THE MONEY PAID IN BUS FAIR to the defense fund for those you are advocating for.